Recognizing

M.A.D. (Making a Difference) Girls

Mari Malek, 24

Mari has taken a leading position in giving back by co-founding and running Southern Sudan Initiatives Inc. with her cousin Dut Deng, one of several thousand “Lost Boys of Sudan” who saw their families murdered and emerged from an incredible journey over many years.

Leanna Archer, 15

At the age of 9, Leanna became the CEO of her own hair product line, Leanna’s Inc. In 2008, Leanna founded the Leanna Archer Education Foundation, an organization devoted to providing better opportunities for underprivileged children in Haiti.

Dyci Manns, 22

Dyci is the creator of MODEL26, a program that develops young leaders by providing financial assistance and counseling to college students pursuing social policy and human rights internships or participating in short-term volunteer programs abroad.